CCF Marine talk- Life in the twilight zone, James Maclaine

Event Date: 
14 Nov 2019 -
17:30 to 18:30
Member Events

The Cambridge University Marine Conservation Society (CUMCS) will host a talk by James Maclaine. James began working as a curator in the Fish Section at the Natural History Museum in 1998. Since then he has helped to look after the huge collection of fishes stored at South Kensington and worked with a diverse group of people ranging from scientific researchers and artists to Hollywood megastars to use that collection for a variety of different purposes.


His main interest is studying the fishes found in the deeper parts of the ocean and he recently assisted with the NHM's current Life In The Dark exhibition with regard to the deep sea. As part of the UK government's Blue Belt conservation program, marine surveys were carried out around two of the remotest inhabited islands on earth, Tristan de Cunha and St Helena, in early 2019. James was lucky enough to be invited along to sort and identify the fish specimens collected and spent more than 40 days at sea, journeying over 5000 miles beginning at Port Stanley in the Falklands and ending at Walvis Bay in Namibia.


He will be talking about his experience and some of the amazing things he saw along the way, including many deep-sea fishes and will be discussing their adaptations for life in such an extreme environment. Furthermore, James will explain life as a curator at the Natural Museum as well as some of his most recent research with us.


Location: Pembroke College Cambridge, Pembroke New Common Room, 5.30pm - 6.30pm, Thursday 14th Nov. 2019.